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Year 29, Day 1: My 30 Before 30 List

I'm no good at introductions, so I'll just keep it simple: I'm Melissa and yesterday I turned 29. The past month or so, I've been thinking about how I want my 29th year to look. Now, this isn't a bucket list by any means. You won't find "backpack across Europe" or "go skydiving" anywhere on my list. In fact, a lot of the to-do's that ended up on my list are just that: just things that I've been meaning to do. I thought I would share some of my 30 before 30 list and document what I'm able to achieve and maybe encourage someone to make their own version.

Here's some of my 30 Before 30 in no specific order:

- Financial housekeeping/save up an emergency fund/work on debt payoff

- dentist visit (I told you these are pretty mundane, but my last visit was far too long ago - longer than I care to admit!)

- Complete my 2019 Make Nine 

- Invest in a really good bra 

- organize my craft closet 

- blog once a month 

- take a mini vacation 

- release 6 knit/crochet patterns

- complete a 30 day fitness challenge

- create the perfect morning routine 

These are just some, but I'll be sharing more as I hopefully cross things off my list. Let me know what your goals are for 2019!

Crochet Pattern: The Dolce Coffee Cozy

If you've known me long enough, you'll quickly find out my love for three things: yarn, coffee, and all things cozy. So my favorite quick crochet project is obviously a combination of my favorite things. This crochet coffee/tea cozy is my go-to for handmade gifting and I also sell these cozies wholesale - they sell like hotcakes around the holidays! 

It also makes a great beginner project since it uses very basic stitches and takes only 10 minutes to make. If you participate in handmade markets or pop-ups, consider adding these to your booth. I also love that these cozies easily replace the disposable cardboard sleeves you get at coffee shops, which is a great step toward a low-waste lifestyle. Not a coffee or tea fan? Easily adjust the chain count and make it an ice cream pint cozy! Click here for the pattern.

Knitting Pattern: The Fika Coaster

Inspired by the simple + minimalist style that has been giving me life, I wanted something that would fit perfectly in a Scandinavian home. You know, the ones with the bright white walls and muted colors; the light pine wood everywhere from the floors down to the bebis toys; the clean lines and natural light; and the simple accents, greenery and cozy textiles. Basically, the home of my hygge dreams. So of course I wanted the name to evoke all the Scandi vibes and when I stumbled upon the verb that translates to "meeting up for coffee," it was an obvious fit. Place these coasters under your coffee or tea or use as a mat for a potted plant. Click here for the pattern.